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 About DFI

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The Diabetes Foundation, Inc., established on August 17, 1990, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the needs of the diabetic community in the New Jersey/New York Metropolitan area. Through the efforts of volunteers, the Diabetes Foundation, Inc. focuses its efforts on providing public and professional education, diabetic children's camp scholarships, and indigent assistance with diabetic medications and supplies in an effort to improve the quality of life for people with diabetes.

"Charity and personal force
are the only investments worth anything."
Walt Whitman

The Diabetes Foundation, Inc. offers programs and services to a population affected by the serious health problem of diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease that impairs the body's ability to produce or properly use insulin, a hormone essential for life. Diabetes and its complications are the third leading cause of death by disease in the United States.

Facts:

..... The number of Americans with diabetes increased by 15 percent in two years to 24 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 8 percent of the population now has the disease, mainly Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity and sedentary living, the agency said in a report using data from 2007.

..... A quarter of people ages 60 and older had diabetes, the agency said. The number of people worldwide with diabetes will double to 366 million by 2030, according to the World Health Organization, which calls the disease an epidemic.
(Article courtesy of Bloomberg News, June 25, 2008.)

..... The estimated economic cost of diabetes in 2007 was $174 billion. Of this amount, $116 billion was due to direct medical costs and $58 billion due to indirect costs such as lost workdays, restricted activity, and disability due to diabetes. People with diagnosed diabetes incur average expenditures of $11,744 per year, of which $6,649 is attributed to diabetes. People with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical expenditures that are approximately 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.
(Statistics courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 25, 2008.)

DFI's Officers, Board of Trustees & Staff, Clinical Society & Business Advisory Council

The Foundation's Volunteer Board of Trustees and Committees
consists of professionals from the business and medical fields.


Officers
Chairman of the Board
Samuel C. Fusco, Jr.
Diabetes Foundation, Co-Founder
President, Steeple Associates, Inc.
Wanaque, New Jersey-
President
Gary Van Schaften, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Intergrated Packaging Corporation
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Executive Vice President
Michael J. Sullivan
Senior Client Partner
Morgan Samuels Company
New York, New York

Vice President, Treasurer & Past President
Anthony B. Marrano
Project Consultant
Resources Global Professionals
Parsippany, New Jersey

Secretary
Patricia A. Carmichael
Partner
Optima Performance, LLC
Mahwah, New Jersey-
   

Trustees
Robert Zawisha, CPA
Diabetes Foundation, Past President
Investment Advisor
benefEx Benefit Consulting
Livingston, New Jersey
Joseph E. Faherty
Diabetes Foundation, Past President
Managing Director
Royal Alliance Associates
Old Tappan, New Jersey
Charlotte Sokol, MD
Diabetes Foundation, Co-Founder
Honorary Medical Staff (Ret.)
Department of Internal Medicine
Chief Emeritus, Diabetes Section
Hackensack University Medical Center

Martin Blechman, MD
Diabetes Foundation, Co-Founder
Honorary Medical Staff (Ret.)
Department of Internal Medicine
Chief Emeritus, Diabetes Section
Hackensack University Medical Center

Jenny Carroll, Esq.
Associate, Health Law Practice Group
Brach Eichler, LLC
Roseland, New Jersey

Tara Charvat 
Vice President, Marketing & Marketing Comm
Valeritas, LLC
Parsippany, New Jersey

Byron C. Driscoll
Director of Carrier Development
Gearworks, Inc.
Thorofare, New Jersey

Barbara Ertel, MS, RD, CDE 
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Norman Ertel, MD 
Professor of Medicine, Emeritus
UMDNJ-NJ Medical School, Newark, NJ
Chief, Medical Service, Emeritus
VA NJ Health Care System, East Orange, NJ

Kenneth A. Geary, Jr.
First Vice President - Investments
Wells Fargo Advisors
Paramus, New Jersey
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Joseph Giangola, MD
Department of Internal Medicine
Chief Diabetic Section
Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack, New Jersey

Gary J. Gyss
Director Business Development
The Chatham Institute
Chatham, New Jersey
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Steve Mann
Founder and Chief Strategist
Ablebrains
New York, New York
Andrew Novielli
Senior Professional Sales Specialists
Lifescan, Inc., A Div'n of Johnson & Johnson
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Roberta Schmidt, BS
Diabetes Foundation, Inc.
Executive Director
Paramus, New Jersey

Clinical Society

Martin Blechman, MD
Chairman, Clinical Society
Diabetes Foundation, Co-Founder
Honorary Medical Staff (Ret.)
Department of Internal Medicine
Chief Emeritus, Diabetes Section
Hackensack University Medical Center
   

Members
Natalia Anchipolovsky, DO
Endocrinology, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine Specialist
Hackensack University Medical Center
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Nicholas G. Baranetsky, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Dept of Medicine
New Jersey Medical School
St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark
Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville
Columbus Hospital, Newark, New Jersey
Kevin Heaney, DDS
Senior Attending Chairman
Department of Dentistry
Hackensack University Medical Center
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Andrew Kagan, MD
Retired Senior Surgeon
Hackensack University Medical Center
Volunteer Surgeon at The Bergen
Volunteer Medical Initiative in New Jersey
Janet Longo, RN, RD
Nutritionist, Dietician
Hackensack University Medical Center
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Stephen H. Schneider, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
John Shin, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Div'n of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Dept of Veterans Affairs
VA New Jersey Health Care System
   

Business Advisory Council

Michael J. Sullivan
Chairman, Business Advisory Council
Diabetes Foundation, Executive Vice President
Senior Client Partner
Morgan Samuels Company
New York, New York
   

Members
Peter J. Fusco, Esq.*
Counsel
Lowenstein Sandler PC
New York | Palo Alto | Roseland
*admitted in NY and NJ
 
   

Diabetes Foundation, Inc.
Founded in 1990
13 Sunflower Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652
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Tel: 201.444.0337 or Toll Free: 800.633.3160 Fax: 201.444.5580
Web site: www.DiabetesFoundationInc.org
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